Founding KISS drummer and cancer survivor Peter Criss will honored at this year's Cancer Research & Treatment Fund's Hall Of Fame event on Tuesday, November 18 at the JW Marriot Essex House in New York City.
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While some men feel embarrassed because of "this macho crap," Criss told CNN surviving breast cancer was actually a blessing. He was treated before the tumor could spread and said he was speaking about male breast cancer to raise the profile of this rare disease.
Criss, who played drums for KISS and was known as "Catman," offered this advice to men who spot lumps in their breast: "Don't sit around playing Mr. Tough Guy. Don't say 'It's going to go away.' It might not and you might not see life anymore and how beautiful that is."
Criss, who has been working on a new rock album for the last few years, told Reuters his bout with cancer had affected his songwriting.
"My lyrics are not so deep and dismal," he said.
Criss quit KISS for the third time in 2004.